'Parrot Man' found dead at foot of Geylang Bahru HDB block

Zeng Guoyuan earned his “Parrot Man” moniker after a 2008 incident in which he blamed his pet parrot for getting him arrested. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

SINGAPORE — Zeng Guoyuan, a former businessman also known as “Parrot Man”, has been found dead at the ground floor of a Geylang Bahru HDB block.

According to local media reports, police found a 66-year-old man lying at the foot of Block 68 Geylang Bahru at 9.54pm on Saturday (16 November) night. He was pronounced dead at the scene and police are investigating the death.

Zeng, whose face was disfigured due to surgery for nose cancer, had caught the public’s attention for his eccentric, and sometimes illegal, behaviour over the years.

He earned his “Parrot Man” moniker following a 2008 incident in which he blamed his pet parrot for getting him arrested after he used abusive language on two police officers. Zeng was fined $2,500 in the case.

Between 2011 and 2015 he made several unsuccessful attempts to stand as an independent candidate in elections. Zeng also made headlines for his spat with the management of Ngee Ann City mall for selling tissue paper – often from a wheelchair – along the underground passage leading to the mall.

He was arrested along Orchard Road last year for disorderly behaviour and also received a stern warning over a separate incident at Geylang Serai Market in which he hurt two police officers.

In July, a police senior staff sergeant was jailed for intentionally breaking Zeng’s walking stick during a 2016 run-in during which Zeng verbally abused the officer.

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